BCC com­mis­sions 279 toi­lets

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Nyaradzo Bakari Chron­i­cle Re­porter

THE Bu­l­awayo City Coun­cil has com­mis­sioned 279 in­di­vid­ual toi­lets in Iminyela and Mabuth­weni sub­urbs, a de­vel­op­ment that will see most of the res­i­dents who have lived in the houses for more than 30 years fi­nally own­ing the houses.

In 2012, the lo­cal au­thor­ity said it would ser­vice the houses by build­ing in­di­vid­ual toi­lets be­fore sell­ing the houses to sit­ting ten­ants.

Res­i­dents from the two sub­urbs have for years been us­ing com­mu­nal toi­lets. More than three house­holds shared one toi­let and res­i­dents used to com­plain about the state of the ablu­tion fa­cil­i­ties.

Coun­cil, in part­ner­ship with Zim­babwe Home­less Peo­ple’s Fed­er­a­tion (ZIHOPFE), Di­a­logue on Shel­ter (DOS) and the Na­tional Univer­sity of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy (Nust), pro­vided about 80 per­cent of the re­quired money through loans ad­vanced to res­i­dents.

Res­i­dents had to raise the re­main­ing 20 per­cent and pay back the loans over two years at $15 per month.

Speak­ing at the com­mis­sion­ing of the toi­lets, Health, Hous­ing and Ed­u­ca­tion Com­mit­tee chair­per­son, Coun­cil­lor Lil­ian Mlilo said the project was ini­ti­ated in 2015 and the tar­get was to build 325 toi­lets.

She said 279 toi­lets had so far been com­pleted and the re­main­ing will be com­pleted soon.

“The project is not only meant to im­prove san­i­ta­tion fa­cil­i­ties but also to em­power res­i­dents who can now buy the houses,” she said.

Clr Mlilo said shar­ing toi­lets and bath­rooms was a very big chal­lenge hence res­i­dents have ev­ery rea­son to cel­e­brate the com­ple­tion of the toi­lets.

She urged res­i­dents who have not joined the scheme to do so and ben­e­fit from the coun­cil pro­gramme to sell houses to sit­ting ten­ants. She urged ben­e­fi­cia­ries to re­pay the loans to en­able oth­ers to also ben­e­fit from the re­volv­ing fund. ZIHOPFE rep­re­sen­ta­tive Mrs Ju­lia Mpofu said they were happy that fam­i­lies now have in­di­vid­ual toi­lets which they can keep clean. — @NyarieBakie.

Coun­cil­lor Lil­ian Mlilo cuts a rib­bon to com­mis­sion the Iminyela and Mabutweni new toi­lets in Bu­l­awayo yes­ter­day. Look­ing on is the owner of one of the toi­lets, Mrs Win­nie Mbo­fana.

Rtd Maj Gen Hap­py­ton Bony­ongwe

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